Charlotte Area Transit System Blue Line Extension

Location
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Organization(s)
Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) Health Department, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and Charlotte Area Transit System

The Mecklenburg County Health Department, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC) and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), conducted an HIA of an extension to the CATS’ Blue Line from the Charlotte City Center to UNCC. The HIA focused on potential health impacts of the extension associated with housing, transportation options, water quality, and stormwater management around the last two stations in the campus community. The HIA found that new housing developments around the stations have the potential to improve health and that increased transit provided by the extension will positively affect health through reduced air pollution and additional opportunities for physical activity. The HIA recommended that policies be created to protect housing affordability and provide a mixture of housing types and that trees and vegetation be planted along the transit corridor to help minimize air pollution and provide natural stormwater management.

The study was supported by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

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At A Glance

Status
Complete
Completion Date
2015, July
Decision-Level
County
Sector
Transportation
Organization Type
Government Agency
Estimated Cost
The HIA cost approximately $25,000 ($15,000 from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and $10,000 in-kind) in staff time and resources.